I have accepted this, since the research looked great... since the first time I saw it several years ago... however....I am now re-reading your ENTIRE research paper, and am set to wondering...
here is a quote, in part:
"The claim that Martha Edwards was married to William Cleaves is based on his name being included in the above mentioned agreement. Her name as Martha is based on several notations found in "The Register of Baptisms of the First Church in Beverly, 1667-1710--With Annotations by Augustus A. Galloupe" Research Publication Company, 14 Beacon St. Boston, Massachusetts, (1903). Galloupe prefaces the records with the following note: "The object in copying the baptisms in the First Church at Beverly is to add the maiden surnames of the mothers of the children baptized. The list is not full and complete, owing to a transient residence, of many members of the church, in the town. But mainly, and so far as ascertained, the list is "fairly" full, in regard to the early membership. [Note by editor. --Mr. Galloupe has placed the maiden name of the mothers in parentheses. Such additions are NOT part of the original record, but were obtained by careful investigation and comparison with the various existing records.]
From the above noted reference: Pg. 16, 1681: 24 March Bapt. John, Eleanor and Martha of William and Martha (dau. of Giles Corey) Cleaves (1st wife).
Pg. 21, 21 Nov. 1686, Bapt. of Margaret (Marget) (Corey) Cleaves-- (2nd wife. Both wives daughters Giles Corey--Salem Witchcraft).
There is no extant, primary record of a birth of Martha or Margaret Corey. There is a primary record of the marriage at Marblehead, Mass., 18 May 1683, (Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Vol. II, Systematic History Fund (1908); of William Cleaves and Margaret Corey. William Cleaves is called "my sone in law" by Giles Corey father-of Margaret Corey, in his Will."
the part that bothers me, is the part that states:
"From the above noted reference: Pg. 16, 1681: 24 March Bapt. John, Eleanor and Martha of William and Martha (dau. of Giles Corey) Cleaves (1st wife)."
is THAT Martha, daughter of William and Martha, who is in turn a daughter of Giles Corey and first wife of William Cleaves... MY Martha- that ended up marrying Lot Conant!?!
if not, did she die!?!did he have TWO daughters named Martha, by two different wives named Martha!?!
I am also going to try to e-mail you with this, in case you don't see it!